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blistering comments yesterday, this morning rice is meeting with republican senator susan collins of maine and in an hour is expected to meet with senator bob corker of tennessee. rice's harshest krit eks are still vowing to block her potential nomination as next secretary of state. >> i think everybody gets to, one, be nominated, and, two, go through the hearings and the debate and discussion. but right now i would be very hard-press hard-pressed. >> what they're suging is that she said things for political reasons three weeks before the election. >> what's the long game, willy? what are they doing? this doesn't help the republican party. >> that is the big question. what is the long game? let's dig down. we have our wednesday political power panel, msnbc contributor joanne reed, managing editor for the gree owe, msnbc contributor arty melbourne, also a cords for the nation, and republican strategist chip salzman. great to have all three of you here. a lot to talk about. chip, a lot of people scratching their heads over some of the strong opposition to ambassador rice who hasn't even been
wrapped up talks with susan collins of maine. that topic is benghazi. what did ambassador rice know about the terror attacks on the u.s. consulate that killed four americans on september 11? she faced a lot of criticism for comments made in the days following the attacks blaming it on a demonstration that got out of hand. by the way she wasn't the only one. that is something we heard a lot about in the days following at the attacks. today's meetings come after a first round of talks with senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte. and those meetings as we first reported to you yesterday did not appear to go very well. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live in washington with more. >> reporter: thank you, jenna. ambassador rice is meeting two more republicans senators bob corker and susan collins. you're looking at stakeout position on capitol hill. ambassador rice is expected to meet with six senators. if she is nominated as next secretary of state she will need six republicans to vote for her to region the magic number of 60 for confirmation. so far republ
what she said. >> just connections susan collins was making. i want to move on and just talk about the president. we haven't seen president obama say, obviously, outright, she is my top pick. but we saw her really sort of -- saw him vehemently defending her recently. let me replay that. president obama. >> for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> tell me about their background. they go back to his 2008 election? >> they go back even further. she was an adviser to him when he was a senator from illinois. and it goes back, tony lake was his -- the former national security adviser, democrat, in the clinton administration, and he sort of introduced those two. so she has been probably along with tom donilon, the people really worked with first when he took an interest in these issues. >> she has some sharp elbows. you write about this in your piece, just this month, which apparently one of her favorite words is a word i canno
is senator susan collins of maine. the top republic on the homeland security committee. she met with ambassador rice today on capitol hill. i would need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. she has not been posted yet. our homeland security committee investigation is ongoing. there are many different players in this. and there is much yet to be learned. >> shepard: well, the attack on that outpost killed the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens and three other americans. happened on 9/11 of this year. five days later ambassador rice went on the sunday talk shows and said u.s. officials believed violence was spontaneous reaction to the protest over anti-muslim video not a preplanned terror attack. ambassador rice now says and the evidence suggests she was using talking points from u.s. intelligence agencies. intelligence officials confirm they did, in fact, give her those talking points. she had nothing to do with them. and they are the ones who removed any mention of al qaeda, not the white house. the president defended ambassador rice at his c
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